Monday, March 22, 2010

What is it not?

A friend recently shared a phenomenon. The US is the only place in the world that has food labels which describe what is not contained within the package. In the rest of the world, the labels tell you what you are about to eat, not what you are not going to eat. Seems to make sense. When did the food labeling system in the US make this transition?

Now, as with many things, we have made the task of buying food more complex. Not only do our labels say what is not within (no trans fat, no MSG) we also have a system of what things we are adding to food to make it more “healthful.” Please recognize the insanity of this.

I contend we should not buy or consume any food that requires labels of what it is and what it is not. Food labels should really only be their own peels and skins. Seems much easier to follow.

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